Near New Orleans, water from an old well infects teenaged Niquette Delongpre and her manipulative, jealous admirer Marshall Ferriot with parasites that bestow strange powers. Soon, Niquette, with the rest of her family, dies in a car accident, while Marshall survives a fall from a high building that leaves him comatose -- but endowed with dark psychic abilities. In chapters that alternate points of view and moments in time, The Heavens Rise
explores the connections among Niquette, her friend Ben, her lover Anthem, and Marshall against the background of natural disaster, official corruption, and racism in New Orleans. The suspense peaks in deadly violence, leaving the reader with both goosebumps and lingering questions about the nature of humanity.